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Hatching Twitter

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

I recently read Nick Bilton’s new book, Hatching Twitter. I confess that I am a sucker for these kind of books. I could read about the founding of startups all day. Inside Intel, eBoys, The Accidental Billionaires, Delivering Happiness and The PayPal Wars are some of my favorites. Jessica¬†Livingston’s books, Founders at Work and Venture Capitlists at Work, are also right up there for me. Click to continue »

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Risk Tolerance

Friday, August 9th, 2013

If there is one thing in Canadian startup land I have heard repeatedly since moving back from California it is in regards to the lack of ‘risk tolerance’ of VCs here. When I was on the operational side of things I didn’t know many Canadian VCs so I couldn’t really comment, but I heard the stories. In fact, I will be completely honest that the idea of joining a Canadian VC fund was the furthest thing from my mind. Click to continue »

The Tough Call on Startup Conferences

Sunday, June 30th, 2013

A great dialog recently broke out on Twitter after this tweet from Debbie Landa¬†calling out Alberta and Quebec startups to step up and have a presence at the upcoming GROW conference in Vancouver. Having my home in Alberta I immediately put the call out to a number of the great startups currently in the province. The consensus reply I got back was ‘too busy building and getting customers!’ Click to continue »

Being a Hustler is Not Enough

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Often the startup community attaches itself to buzzwords. We all know them. Growth hacker, lean, gamification, pivot, MVP, viral, ninja, disruptive, etc. I, and you, have been guilty of using them. These terms are not bad by nature and most have real meaning behind them. However, often they start becoming ubiquitous terms that lose their meaning and are sensualized by those using them. I have a new one to add to the list – Hustler. Click to continue »

What is Attractive to a VC?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

I have been neglecting this blog way too long and it is time to get back in to it. I had a nice reminder by someone today who mentioned that I haven’t updated it for a while. Having one reader was enough encouragement to put a post together!

This is going to be a short one, but answers the question I probably get asked the most by people, specifically entrepreneurs. What does a VC look for in a startup to make an investment? Click to continue »

Talk To Us When You Have Traction

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

This is probably one of the most common phrases you hear from venture capitalists. It has become the de facto phrase from an investor that really isn’t interested in your startup, but wants to let you down easy. I make a conscious effort to avoid taking this backdoor, but I know that I have been guilty of it as well. Click to continue »

The Changing Landscape of Venture Capital

Friday, November 4th, 2011

There has been a lot of discussion recently on the changing landscape of venture funding and what it is leading to. I thought that it would be worth digging into this a bit and, as most of the discussion and data is from the United States, put a Canadian spin on it as well. Click to continue »

Does Canada Need Another Accelerator?

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

growlab_logo2You may have already heard the news – Canada is getting a new tech accelerator. I am extremely excited to be working with the team behind GrowLab and the amazing group of mentors, investors and supporters who have committed to building something pretty sweet here in Canada. I have had the opportunity to work with Boris (previously my boss!), Debbie, Jason and Leonard in the past and have a tremendous amount of respect them. But, enough about the news, lets talk accelerators. Click to continue »

Accelerate Alberta – A Primer

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

I had the extreme privilege to head east last week and join up with my iNovia teammates to lend a hand in hosting Accelerate Montreal with the C100. What a phenomenal couple of days! Many C100 members were up from south of the border and the three headliners – Brad Feld, Howard Lindzon and Dave McClure – did not disappoint. Click to continue »

Advisors: What Are They Good For?

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

Why is this song in my head?

Time and time again I get the privilege of meeting very early-stage entrepreneurs who fall victim to the myth that advisors add significant value to their company. Bull. In fact, I would argue that they devalue your company and here is why.

As my colleague at iNovia, Karam, so adeptly quoted Paul Graham:

“An advisor is just somebody who doesn’t believe in you or your idea enough to invest in it.”

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